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Psoriasis is a common, chronic, immune-mediated skin disease characterized by red, scaly patches, papules, and plaques, which usually itch. The skin lesions seen in psoriasis may vary in severity from minor localized patches to complete body coverage. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please call our office for an appointment so we can diagnose and create a treatment plan which may include: traditional systemic anti-psoriatic medications, topical medications, phototherapeutic measures (Xtrac Excimer laser), and/or biologic agents injected into the skin.
XTRAC is the only FDA-cleared, clinically proven excimer laser that gets skin clear of psoriasis—and it works fast, with many patients seeing significant improvement and long-lasting remissions. Because XTRAC delivers a highly targeted, therapeutic beam of UVB light only to areas of the skin affected by psoriasis, healthy skin surrounding the lesions stays that way.
XTRAC clears the symptoms, prolongs the remission and returns skin to a clinically healthy state in record time. All of which means XTRAC delivers consistently predictable results so patients experience more good days of living than bad.
Because of the shielding effect of hair, traditional UVB lamp therapy is not very effective against scalp psoriasis. However, studies have reported success in treating it with the [XTRAC] 308 nm excimer laser which generates a targeted beam of UVB light.
XTRAC allows for simple manual separation of the hair, provides good visualization of the psoriasis and permits rapid treatment so that a whole scalp can often be treated in less than 15 minutes.
*Results may vary, talk to your doctor about the right treatment protocol for you.
Side Effects/Risks: XTRAC has none of the drawbacks often associated with other psoriasis treatments-such as premature aging of healthy skin, skin thinning, resistance to medication, or potential negative systemic side effects. Some patients, however, experience a reaction similar to sunburn or blistering at the site of the treated area and in some cases, an increase in pigmentation may occur.
A board certified dermatologist. He completed his internship at Northwestern University Memorial Hospital and his residency in dermatology at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. He obtained his medical degree from Chicago Medical School and began his private practice, in Oak Lawn, IL in 1988.
Dr. John T. Keane provides comprehensive skin care for adults and children. Board certified in dermatology and dermatopathology he earned his doctorate from the Loyola University Chicago-Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Rush Medical College of Rush University and obtained fellowship status in dermatopathology, from the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics.
An expert surgeon specializing in Cosmetic Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Rachel has an extensive back-ground in medical research. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Michigan State University, he went on to graduate Alpha Omega Alpha(Honor Medical Society) from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He also trained with Dr. William Beeson, the former president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.